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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Need-Based Grants

Need-Based Grants Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
NTID Grant-in-Aid NTID students who meet need criteria due to insufficient support from outside sources. Amounts vary depending on need. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1.
RIT/NTID Grant Students demonstrating financial need. Amounts vary depending on need. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1.
RIT RCSD Scholarships Awarded to qualified freshman graduates of the Rochester City School District who have both lived in the city and attended an approved high school within the RCSD for the last three years of high school. Full tuition through a combination of RIT scholarships and state and federal need-based grants. Must apply for admission to RIT by January 15 and be certified by the high school guidance office to be considered.
Say Yes to Education Scholarships In partnership with Say Yes to Education, awarded to qualified participants in the Say Yes to Education program. Full tuition through a combination of the RIT scholarships and state and federal needbased grants. Must apply for admission to RIT by January 15 and be certified by Say Yes to be considered.
Tuition Assistance
Program (New York State)
Full-time students who are New York state residents and meet state income guidelines. $500 to $5,165 per year for entering freshmen. File New York State TAP Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Pell Grant Students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and meet need criteria. $652 to $6,095 per year.
Prorated for part-time study.
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Students with high financial need (normally those who qualify for Federal Pell Grant). Average award is $500. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Other State Grants Varies. Amounts vary. State education departments in state of residency.

Notes:
• This chart covers the most commonly awarded financial aid programs available to full-time undergraduate students at RIT. Information is correct as of 8/18.
• Most programs require satisfactory progress toward degree completion to maintain eligibility (see RIT Undergraduate Bulletin).
• Federal student aid programs are subject to government appropriations.
• Filing the FAFSA by the priority filing date will ensure priority consideration for all programs. Applications filed after this date will receive consideration as long as funds remain available.
• Merit-based scholarships provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT baccalaureate programs are prorated to reflect lower tuition rates for those students.